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Politico: Democrats Panicked by Teflon Don
Rush ^ | September 13, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh

Posted on 09/13/2017 4:50:14 PM PDT by Kaslin

RUSH: There is a story today in The Politico. “Teflon Don Confounds Democrats — Democrats have attacked the president every which way, but polling and focus groups show none of it’s working.” None of it! In addition, Rasmussen has just come out with a poll. I printed it out here (shuffling paper) and guess what? A majority, most voters… Not Trump supporters; they’re in this, but this is a sample of most voters. “Most Voters Welcome Trump’s Outreach to Congressional Democrats.” Now, the conventional wisdom is that Trump’s hurting himself, that Trump’s base, who are they?

If you believe the media, Trump’s base is a bunch of Neanderthals, white supremacist right-wingers. They hate and they despise and they’re dumb and they’re stupid and they’re knuckle-draggers, and they will defend Trump no matter what he does and they are a vast majority of the American population — except they can’t explain how that group of people elected Trump. But that’s what they tell themselves. They lie to themselves about their opponents. They lie to themselves about themselves and their own supporters.

“Despite their failure to advance President Trump’s agenda, congressional Republicans aren’t happy about his outreach to Democrats…” Paul Ryan… In fact, it has been learned that Ryan has told people at private fundraisers and private gatherings — and this isn’t a surprise, folks. At least it didn’t surprise me when I ran into it, that Paul Ryan has said that there is no chance for a border wall. It’s never gonna happen. That the Republicans are never gonna help Trump do this — and of course, these private dinners are where fundraisers are taking place, where donors are, and Ryan was assuring them.

It’s not a surprise to us. We know that the Republican Party doesn’t want to help Trump advance his agenda. But the Democrats, you know, Chuck and Nancy after their successful powwow with Trump on the debt ceiling, and Trump loved it ’cause something got done. Trump’s a doer. He’s not an ideologue. He liked getting something done. The Republicans are not helping him get anything done. So now he went to working with the Democrats and Rasmussen’s gone out and polled it.

They have found out “66% of likely U.S. voters say it is good for the country if Trump works with congressional Democrats to advance his agenda. Just 13% think that the bipartisan cooperation” i.e., Trump working with Democrats “is bad. Twenty-one percent are undecided.” Now, likely voters is not a precise sample. You really want registered voters. Likely voters doesn’t include people that definitely do vote, and so what they think doesn’t matter as much, if they’re only likely to vote.

But you have a pool of registered voters, likely voters, there’s more guarantee that that is a better sample. And only 19% here believe the president should continue to rely on congressional Republicans to pass his agenda. This has always been a danger. In my mind, it’s always been the danger. Trump, because he’s not an ideologue — meaning he does a lot of things that people like me and conservatives applaud, but he’s not one of us. He’s a doer. He will work with people to help get things done. He knows what got him elected.

He knows the wall. He knows repealing and replacing Obamacare, taxes. He knows that stuff. But if he’s working with people aren’t gonna help him get it done, what good are they to him? And that’s who the Republicans are. So here come Chuck and Nancy. Chuck and Nancy are willing to help Trump get things done, and Chuck and Nancy are wily. Chuck and Nancy also know that Trump’s not an ideologue, and they can see that the Republicans don’t want to help Trump because the Republicans are scared to death of being tied to any success that Trump would have.

I know that sounds strange, but don’t doubt me. So Chuck and Nancy come along — well, mainly Chuck, because I don’t think Nancy knows what day it is now. But Chuck brings her along, you know, because she’s a leader of the House Democrats. But I don’t think Nancy… She’s okay. But Chuck brings her along, and Chuck looks at the Republicans. He said, “Look, these people are hell-bent on making sure this guy doesn’t get anything done, but we know he wants to get things done. We’ll help him get things done and we’ll help get things done that we want, ’cause Trump wants things get done. And as long as we approach it right…”

Now, ergo, we’re talking about amnesty for the dreamers and DACA. And now we got the White House saying (stammers), “Oh, don’t — don’t — don’t — don’t — don’t be silly here. Trump’s always supported amnesty.” No, not for everybody. The amnesty that he’s talked about has been for select few, DACA, DREAMers, kids, this type of thing. But the anger… I’ll tell you what. When this Rasmussen survey…

We’ll give it some weight. I mean, it’s as good as any polling unit out there. None of them really have a firm foundation of authoritative accuracy going for them right now, so we’ll deal with this. Sixty-six percent of the American people are fine with Trump reaching out to Democrats. One of the factors here is that Trump really does appear to be Teflon. I mean, no matter what, it just doesn’t stick to him. It’s what the Democrats said about Reagan, and they hated Reagan for that. No matter what he did, nothing stuck to him.

It looks like Trump is practically the same. And why would that be? Well, you can’t figure out the people that voted for Trump. And you’ve got… I don’t mean you personally. Talking generically. The people who continually in their minds or in the way they speak make fun of the people that voted for Trump, if you think that Trump’s voters are a bunch of hayseed know-nothings who are steeped deep in racism and bigotry and all of the usual cliches that the Democrats throw out, you’re underestimating dramatically who they are.

They are people who pay attention and they are fed up with the way Washington has not been functioning or has been, either way, and Trump represents a brand-new fresh start by somebody that’s not been tainted by membership in the swamp. And as such there is tremendous hope. There are people in this country who the rule believe that we are on the verge of losing the country as founded.

That’s laughed at, mocked, joked about, but these people that elected Trump believe it, and so they are personally invested in Trump, and they believe that Trump is going to do things that will make things better, and whoever he has to work with to get them done, according to Rasmussen, that’s what they’ll support. The Republicans are harming themselves in ways here that I don’t even think they are aware of.

And the Democrats are too, with these hurricane telethons and this never ending assault on Trump. This Politico story — which I’m gonna get back to in a jiffy — is amazing. It details everything they’ve thrown at Trump and how none of it — none of it — is working. Every Democrat thing that’s always worked to destroy Republican opponents in the past, none of it is working! Which you need to ask: Well, why? And, of course, there is an answer, and I will, El Rushbo, have the answer.


RUSH: We start on the phones in Jacksonville, Florida. Hey, Peter. It’s great to have you, sir. How are you?

CALLER: Thank you, Rush. Infinite dittos.

RUSH: I appreciate that.

CALLER: I’d like to address Hollywood and the music industry. You insult me, you offend me, you mock me, you lie to me, and then you want me to go out and buy your movies, go to your movies, rent your movies, buy your albums? No. No. Not anymore. I stopped going to movies about a year ago. I do not go. I will not darken the door of a theater again. I’m fed up with these people. These are… They’re idiots and I’m done with ’em. I’m finished with ’em. They can all go you know where.

RUSH: You know, you may not be the only one. I mean, summertime Hollywood box office has been in the tank. It’s been across the board. I don’t think… Has there been one movie that did okay — blockbuster okay — while the others didn’t? (interruption) Wonder Woman was about it, right, the only one that had any kind of box office? (interruption) The Stephen King movie’s doing okay? He’s a cult figure, though. But basically Hollywood in the summertime, it’s dangerously bad, and they’re concerned about it. So you’re probably not alone.

CALLER: Well, there are a lot of movies that I would have loved to go see, but I’m not gonna give them my hard-earned money and then let insult me and belittle me. I’m done with them.

RUSH: They’ve always done this, Peter. What’s new about it, Hollywood featuring a bunch of leftists that are anti-America, anti-conservative, anti-Republican? What is it now that’s got you bugged?

CALLER: It’s been bugging me for years, but it just dawned on me not too long ago that why am I going to see these movies? These people are making $48 million to make a movie, then they get residuals also from a movie, and they insult me and want me to go give them more money? I’m not doing it anymore. No, I’m done.

RUSH: Well, I appreciate the call. I know how he feels. This is not anything recent, but when I was younger and more naive, I can remember liking a particularly actor or actress — shows or movies they were in — and then learning who they really are and what they really think and maybe how dumb they are. It just blew up everything. I had no desire anymore. It’s like investing in an athlete who you think is a great guy and a hero and you find out he’s a reprobate.

It just takes the wind out of your sails. I know what he’s talking about. But there is a blacklist in Hollywood, and these people… This is no excuse, but they have to say these things or they have to think this way to work, and anybody that tries to tell you differently is trying to smooth it over, because it really is true. I’ve heard it from enough people. I know it. It really is true. There’s a blacklist, and there is an accepted way or a required way to think. Hey, look, it’s no different than what’s happening to people like me outside of groupthink and consensus on climate change.

You have to think this way. If you don’t, and you’re not gonna get hired. So one of the ways these actors — and I don’t doubt that it’s not genuine, but I also don’t know how deeply knowledgeable they are about these things. I think it’s pure emotional. But saying things in public, going on TV, it’s how they affirm their qualification and status politically with the people who hire and decide to pay people a lot of money. You know, everything has been politicized now, and Hollywood actually has been for a long time.


Now, I’ve been trying to get back to this Politico story since the first hour, and it’s a perfect time to do it now since we have added all of the Hillary news and revelations today. Three things. First, I just saw that Trump is hosting Chuck and Nancy tonight for dinner in the White House. Chuck and Nancy are coming up to talk tax reform. Not Mitch and Paul, but Chuck and Nancy. Remember the Rasmussen report survey.

I have it here in my formerly nicotine-stained fingers. “Most Republican voters welcome Trump’s outreach to congressional Democrats.” It’s Rasmussen. I can see this in a sense. We talked about it earlier, but I’m just reminding you of it. Now, The Politico story: “Teflon Don Confounds Democrats — Democrats have attacked the president every which way, but polling and focus groups show that none of it is working.” None of it! Trump should have been…

I don’t think there is a modern American president… Nixon, maybe, during the confined period of Watergate. Outside of that, I don’t think there is a president, certainly in our lifetimes. I mean, it was brutal back in the days of the Civil War, the journalism. But I don’t think there’s a president in our lifetimes who has been the subject of a never-ending, 24/7 assault since the day he won his party’s nomination, then the election. I don’t think anybody has had to go through what Trump has gone through.

Just the daily lies, the distortions, the rumors, the leaks, the untruths, the allegations that his election was illegitimate because of collaboration/collusion with the Russians and Vladimir Putin. I mean, it’s never ending, and they go with something until it dies and they pick something else up and they go back to the Russians and get distracted. There’s a special prosecutor. They’ve invested everything! They’ve shot everything they have, and he’s still sitting there with an approval of 45 to 48%.

They were able to knock George Bush’s number down into the thirties with four consecutive years of pounding Bush on the Iraq war. So what’s the difference? Why are they not able…? Why is it bouncing off Trump? Why is it not working? Well, there’s an answer, I think, but first some of the details in the story. It’s written by Edward-Isaac Dovere. “Democrats tried attacking Donald Trump as unfit for the presidency. They’ve made the case that he’s ineffective, pointing to his failure to sign a single major piece of legislation into law after eight months in the job.

“They’ve argued that Trump is using the presidency to enrich himself and that his campaign was in cahoots with Russia. None of it is working. Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election.” But it’s important. The Democrats, until they read this… Actually, in their private moments — cloakrooms, when they talk to each — they know it isn’t working, and I guarantee you they’re befuddled and they’re confused and they don’t understand.

That’s why they’re piling on. They think, “Maybe we’re not hitting him hard enough,” and they ratchet it up. But in their less-than-lucid moments, they really… I think some of them really believe they’re skating now to 2018. I think they believe that they have ruined Trump, and they’ve destroyed Trump and his ability to campaign, raise money for other people, other Republicans. They have the ability to lie to themselves and pat themselves on the back.

But the truth of the matter is that none of this — and this is their playbook. They have not gone after Trump on policy. They’ve not tried to say that their policies are better, ’cause they don’t have any that they want to publicize. It’s been purely personal. They’ve done nothing but try to destroy Trump the man, the human being, the presidency and his career, and his life’s work and his family. I mean, they have gone after everybody. His wife. Even his 13-year-old son.

“Data from a range of focus groups and internal polls in swing states paint a difficult picture for the Democratic Party heading into the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential election. It suggests that Democrats are naive if they believe Trump’s historically low approval numbers mean a landslide is coming. The party is defending 10 Senate seats in states that Trump won and needs to flip 24 House seats to take control of that chamber.

“The research, conducted by private firms and for Democratic campaign arms, is rarely made public but was described to Politico in interviews with a dozen top operatives who’ve been analyzing the results coming in.” So they won’t show the data to Politico, but they’ll tell ’em what’s in it, and they’ve done so. Anson Kaye, a strategist at media firm GMMB who worked on the Obama and Clinton campaigns, said, “If that’s the attitude that’s driving the Democratic Party, we’re going to drive right into the ocean.” Meaning, if they think they’re headed for a landslide win, they are totally mistaken.

“Worse news, they worry: Many of the ideas party leaders have latched onto in an attempt to appeal to their lost voters — free college tuition, raising the minimum wage to $15, even Medicare for all — test poorly among voters outside the base. The people in these polls and focus groups tend to see those proposals as empty promises, at best.” Meaning, they don’t believe college is ever gonna really be free, and they don’t believe that Medicare is actually gonna be for everybody.

It’s not that they don’t want those things. It’s that they don’t believe the Democrats are gonna deliver. Republican voters don’t think their party is gonna deliver, either. “Pollsters are shocked by how many voters describe themselves as ‘exhausted’ by the constant chaos surrounding Trump.”

Now, remember, these are Democrat polls, Democrat analysts telling Politico what they’re finding, and they are finding that none of their attacks have worked, and, in addition to that, they’re finding the issues that they’re trying to counter Trump with — free college, free tuition, Medicare for all, it’s not working, and they’re tired of what the Democrats are doing! They’re tired of the daily chaos. They’re not energized by it.

Now, you might say, “But Rush, how do you explain Antifa, Black Lives Matter?” That’s not who we’re talking about here. Those people are irritating everybody. That’s the dirty little secret here. The military wing of the Democrat Party, this army of ne’er-do-well rioters, they’re ticking off everybody. And the never-ending allegations on Trump. Because there isn’t any truth to them.

It’s been over a year that they have been alleging the Russians rigged the election. And nobody has been able to produce any evidence. People are worn out. And the pollsters are shocked. They are shocked. “[T]hey find that there’s strong support for a Congress that provides a check on [Trump] rather than voting for his agenda most of the time. But he is still viewed as an outsider shaking up the system, which people in the various surveys say they like, and which Democrats don’t stack up well against.”

Now, even though they don’t like the chaos surrounding Trump, I want to read this again. The pollsters have found “that there’s strong support for a Congress that provides a check on [Trump] rather than voting for his agenda most of the time.” So that’s a little conflicting. If these people like the fact that the Democrats are putting the brakes on Trump, then why do they dislike the chaos? ‘Cause the chaos is part of it.

So that’s something you have to weed through into even deeper data that would require psychological analysis to figure that out. But even beyond that, these same people like Trump ’cause he’s an outsider shaking up the system. Believe me, there is a general, what, malaise — stronger than malaise — about Washington per se. ‘Cause it is. It’s a mess. Nothing seems organized. Nothing seems focused and nothing that Washington says they’re gonna fix gets better.

Areas of the country are improving, things are doing well, but not because of what Washington is doing, which, by the way, the real key is things do get better when Washington isn’t involved. “In focus groups, most participants say they’re still impressed with Trump’s business background and tend to give him credit for the improving economy.” That shocks them. That shocks the Democrats. It shocks these pollsters.

Now, the poll says, “The window is closing,” but voters are still inclined to give Trump a chance to succeed. They don’t want him thrown out of office. They don’t want any of that. But they do believe that his business background is valuable and that the economic upturn is his credit. “More than that, no single Democratic attack on the president is sticking.” Not Russia, not collusion, not Trump enriching himself, none of it. None of these attacks, not one of them is sticking, meaning not one of them is doing any damage.

“Many of the proposals Democrats are pushing fall flat in focus groups and polling.” The call for free college tuition causes resentment at ivory tower elitism. People do not think that free is ever gonna happen. They think free is a lie. They think they’re gonna pay for it if it’s free. They just don’t believe it. And when you throw free guaranteed income in, that really doesn’t poll well. So why? Why is none of this stuff sticking, when it apparently did to George W. Bush and it does stick to other Republicans? Why is it not sticking to Trump, do you think?

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: 115th; 2017polls; democrats; rush; rushtranscript; trump; trumpbudget
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1 posted on 09/13/2017 4:50:14 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Trump is clowning dems by snubbing GOP. Little do they know, it has been the Republican plan all along. Double crossing the dems.

2 posted on 09/13/2017 4:52:25 PM PDT by sagar
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To: Kaslin

I believe Republicans are also panicked by Teflon Don.

#nevertrumpers have been wrong for 18 months, yet to hear them blabber every day is going to be the President’s demise by way of his mistakes.

3 posted on 09/13/2017 4:57:58 PM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: truth_seeker

Indeed, and there’s still an enormous amount of them on FR too.

4 posted on 09/13/2017 5:17:58 PM PDT by Luircin
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To: truth_seeker

It’s the Vichy Republicans, the country club power set who are panicked. Because they know deep down, that even if they succeed, they’re going to be on the wrong end of a revolution that’s going to look more like 1789 than 1776.

5 posted on 09/13/2017 5:17:59 PM PDT by Noumenon (Can you imagine if Islam were NOT the religion of peace?)
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To: Kaslin

Drain the swamp .. The’Rats and GOPe ...

6 posted on 09/13/2017 5:30:51 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth ( Freep u, Schmucky)
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To: Kaslin

For a Republican, Trump supporter or Conservative to oppose Trump on dealing with Democrats would mean supporting Ryan-McConnell. Even with those not in love with Trump, Trump is the lesser of two evils when compared to Ryan-McConnell.

7 posted on 09/13/2017 5:53:20 PM PDT by spintreebob
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To: Kaslin

I’m completely fine with Trump dealing with Chuck and Nancy instead of Accountant Dracula and the Turtle.

8 posted on 09/13/2017 5:54:57 PM PDT by Behind the Blue Wall
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To: Behind the Blue Wall

>>Accountant Dracula

LOL, I knew just to whom you were referring! He wouldn’t have to do much to complete his Halloween costume. And when he grew that beard a while back, now that was #10 Richter Scale Scary!

9 posted on 09/13/2017 5:57:13 PM PDT by Kalamata (Inside Every Liberal is a Totalitarian Screaming to Get Out - D. Horowitz)
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To: Kaslin

Trump voters almost all voted for A New Way Of Walkin’ and after the election was done, just sat back for the ride. Trump voters are a lot more canny than even Trump voters gave them credit for. now we know we are all on the same page. It’s not gonna be predictable because if it were predictable then it could and would be stymied and bollixed up and flushed away. It ain’t happening that way.

10 posted on 09/13/2017 6:12:55 PM PDT by arthurus
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Chuck and Nancy, well Chuck anyway, knows that tax reform done the way actual conservatives would like to see it done will improve the economy -rapidlyimprove the economy, and the Democrats can take some of the credit for the improvement and perhaps Trump will publicly ascribe some responsibility for it to them. If Republicans are not terminally stupid they will realize that and leap up to take control of the Tax Reform process to get it passed without the Democrats getting any credit for it. That's if they are not slack-jawed stupid.
11 posted on 09/13/2017 6:23:21 PM PDT by arthurus
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To: Kaslin
Trump is stuck with a political conundrum: does he deal with the devil, or ... does he deal with the swamp devil?

One wants to kill him. The other one wants to kill him.

12 posted on 09/13/2017 6:28:35 PM PDT by Gritty (California has a million regulations where the Constitution no longer operates - Daniel Greenfield)
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To: VRWC For Truth

The caller was right about the movies...

Buying a ticket to the movies is the same as making a donation to the Democrat Party...

13 posted on 09/13/2017 10:17:58 PM PDT by GOPJ ("$3 Million Dollars 'PER DAY' is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens. That's $1.2 Billion a year.")
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To: sagar

I truly hope you are right.

14 posted on 09/14/2017 12:23:48 AM PDT by qaz123
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To: Noumenon

Right on, Noumenon. And may I add...ditto.

15 posted on 09/14/2017 1:31:17 AM PDT by jim35 (The Tree of Liberty is coming in to bloom again.)
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To: Kaslin

Nice, faggy watchband she is wearing

16 posted on 09/14/2017 4:25:23 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

The watchband is symbolic....... of desperate panic

She must pander to queers to exist

17 posted on 09/14/2017 4:29:09 AM PDT by bert (K.E.; N.P.; GOPc;WASP .... The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column)
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